Zimmerman Murder Verdict Explained

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    I’m watching the Zimmerman trial and the commentators are saying the prosecution is not making their case for a second degree murder charge. Well exactly what  needs to be proven and if they don’t meet that threshold, then what?

    The jury could decide that Zimmerman is:

    •    Guilty of Murder in the Second Degree

    OR

    •     Guilty of Manslaughter

    OR

    •     Not Guilty of Everything

    There is another possible outcome.

    The burden of proof lies on the State to prove their case beyond a reasonable doubt. The verdict of the jurors must be unanimous, meaning all six must agree on the same verdict.

    If they cannot all agree, then that results in a hung jury.

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